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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Zipper by Sonya Frossine (First Prize)

Marking of a Printed Title by Sidney Boen (Second Prize)

Lament for Bruadair by Clare O’Sullivan (Third Prize)

Commuter’s Requiem by Luke Bradshaw Poier (Highly Commended)

The Man from Serayu River, an adaption of Banjo Patterson’s poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’ by Emily Bradley (Highly Commended)

Outro Requiem by Isabel Longbottom (Highly Commended)

Have you heard of the girl who breathes flowers? by Lauren Rawlings (Highly Commended)

Mum by Rahim Mohammadi (Highly Commended)

I’ll find ways to keep you, mum
 They say you’ve gone insane
 You’ve always been my shining sun
But now there’s cancer in your brain

I see your worth
Something the illness can never claim
The beauty inside of you
Like a clam, you can never claim

Doctor says you’re dying 
I don’t think they are trying
No compassion, care or hope 
as your light slowly starts to fade
I wonder how I’ll cope…

I can’t work out the truth, what’s real?
I don’t know how to feel.
I don’t think you are sick, mum.
Maybe you can heal

Only 6 months left to cherish life
You were once someone’s loving wife 
There’s so much more life to live,
There’s so much more life you could give.

I’ll find ways to keep you, mum 
They say you’ve gone insane
You’ve always been my shining sun, 
But now there’s cancer in your brain

I’ll push against the storm 
Work 2 jobs, maybe 3
We’ll stay above the sea of debt
We’ll make it mum, you’ll see.

There’s no current that could take us down. 
But our ship is rocking and the sea is rough.
Don’t worry mum, I know you’re tough.

But the scent of death is looming. 
As my thoughts start consuming.

The blood’s in the water 
And the sharks are near
You are already dead, Mum 
The hour is here.

On an island, just you and me 
As your spirit drifts out to sea 
I’ll find ways to keep you, Mum

Your soul is taken away as swiftly as the breeze 
The pain, the fear, bring me crashing to my knees. 
The hallways which once echoed your laughter 
Now lay quiet as the door slams against the rafter

Frozen in time, stopped in its prime. 
I still smell the rosemary and thyme.
Scents from a better time.

We’ve fought a long battle 
You tried your best,
but now it’s time for you to rest.

I couldn’t find a way to keep you, mum 
You ended up insane
You were once my shining sun, 
But cancer took your brain

I am sorry …

I can’t keep you, Mum.

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years